Ashleigh Barty will be banking on a home-court advantage as she pursues her second career grand slam singles title when the 2021 Australian Open begins Monday at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australian. The No. 1-ranked player in the world, Barty skipped most of the 2020 season and chose not to defend her title at the French Open due to COVID-19 concerns. The 24-year-old Australian reached the semifinals in Melbourne a year ago, losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin.
William Hill Sportsbook lists Barty at +650 in the latest 2021 Australian Open odds. Naomi Osaka (+500) is the betting favorite, while Aryna Sabalenka (+900) and seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams (+900) round out the top four on the tennis odds board. Before making any 2021 Australian Open picks or predictions, check out the expert tennis picks and analysis from SportsLine’s Gavin Mair.
A renowned women’s tennis handicapper, he hit a daily double of sorts in the last grand slam at the French Open. Mair picked Iga Swiatek to win (-163) and win in straight sets (+140), and he was right on both counts.
He also called unseeded Jelena Ostapenko (80-1) winning the 2017 French Open, Naomi Osaka (32-1) winning the 2018 U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) winning the 2019 U.S. Open.
Now, Mair has scrutinized the latest Australian Open 2021 odds and released his coveted best bets to win it all. He’s sharing all his picks and analysis at SportsLine.
Top 2021 Australian Open women’s predictions
One shocker: Mair is discounting betting favorite and No. 3 seed Osaka, citing a bottom-heavy draw. The Japanese standout won the Australian Open in 2019, but has only advanced further than the third round in this event one other time.
“Usually as a top seed at a major tournament, you expect an easy draw in the early couple of rounds, but the draw was not kind to the Japanese powerhouse,” Mair told SportsLine. “Her first four matches are forecast to be against high-level opposition, several of whom can be found in the dark-horse category to win the tournament.
“Assuming both players are still in the draw, Osaka’s fourth-round opponent is scheduled to be 2020 Australian Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard is in top form, dropping a meager total of nine games across her first three matches in Melbourne this week.”
Mair sees better values on the board and he isn’t including Osaka in any of his 2021 Australian Open bets.
How to make 2021 Australian Open women’s picks
Mair has locked in his best bets, and they include a pair of long shots who would bring huge returns. He’s especially high on one player at +1400 who “looks like a value proposition to add to your futures portfolio.” You need to see his picks and analysis before considering any 2021 Australian Open bets.
So who wins the Australian Open 2021? And which long shots could take the crown? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair’s bets for the 2021 Australian Open, all from the tennis expert who has called long shot winners of three grand slam women’s titles since 2017.